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(sigh) Butternut squash in my veg box. What can I do with it?

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FlouncingMintyy Wed 06-Feb-13 18:12:05

Can't get excited about squash, pumpkin, courgette etc. I have never ever been tempted to try a squash soup for eg. Can anyone suggest a tempting/slightly interesting recipe?

Don't have a baby or toddler in the house, btw.


DewDr0p Wed 06-Feb-13 22:38:45

Oh and Jamie Oliver's b squash muffins are yummy!

DewDr0p Wed 06-Feb-13 22:38:11

YY to HFW's north african squash & chickpea soup.

I did a great Thai curry off bbc good food last week - lots of other good ideas on there too.

Or Ottolenghi does some great stuff with it (think lots of his recipes on guardian website - try the ultimate winter couscous)

drjohnsonscat Wed 06-Feb-13 22:35:13

I roast onions and bns together and then bake some chicken marinated in cumin on top of the onions and bns. Then I stir the onions and bns into couscous with dried apricots, chickpeas and pine nuts and serve with the chicken and humous and yogurt.

It's also good as a filler-outer in a sausage casserole.

thixotropic Wed 06-Feb-13 22:30:13

1) Roast it with garlic, have with sun dried tomatoes and pasta or risotto. Yum.


2)Post it to me.

DearPrudence Wed 06-Feb-13 22:26:31

Butternut squash is my absolute favourite vegetable. Love this thread for new ideas.

seeker Wed 06-Feb-13 22:06:01

The most delicious soup in the world.

The most delicious caramelized roast thing to have with grilled lamb chops and rocket.

nothingbyhalves Wed 06-Feb-13 22:04:08

I buy a squash weekly! here are my favourites:

Sarah’s Curry
Serves 2
I swear by shop bought curry pastes!
½ Tin of tomatoes
1 big table spoon of curry paste
Any veg you like: I recommend-
A good handful of Spinach
Chick peas
Butternut squash
Peel and chop the squash into small cubes, then boil in water for about 5-10 minutes until it is starting to soften. Meanwhile, peel and finely chop onion, garlic and ginger, fry gently in a little oil until soft, but not too brow. Stir in the curry paste and leave to cook for about 3 mins then add the tomatoes, cooked squash. Next add about ¼ of a pint of tap water and stir through. Leave to simmer for about 10-15 minutes. Whilst you put the rice on. When the rice is about 5 mins away from being done, stir into the curry a handful of chickpeas and the spinach, it may seem like a lot of spinach, but it will go to nothing!
Once the spinach has wilted the curry is ready to serve. I like it with some mango chutney on the side.

Butternut squash soup
Serves 6
1 onion chopped
2 sticks of celery
2 chopped carrots
½ large chopped butternut squash
1 large leek chopped
1 large chopped sweet potato
1 herb bouquet
1 ½ pints of veg stock
2 tsp olive oil

Brown all veg in frying pan with the olive oil, add the stock and the herb then slow cook for approx 12 hours on a low, then blitz with a blender until smooth (you can add a drizzle of single cream if needed) freezes really well!! I love this with a little worcester sauce!

I also peel and cut some squash into wedges and roast with some olive oil, mixed herbs and seasoning and have rather than oven chips, with some mayo! I'm starving now!!!

UptoapointLordCopper Wed 06-Feb-13 21:24:05

I'm a bit of an expert at getting rid of butternut squash constructively. wink In fact, the solution lies in baking it into muffins and cakes and bread. There. We despatched ours in 6 loaves of bread and one lot of muffins. It was a big squash.

GladbagsGold Wed 06-Feb-13 21:22:22

I can't believe no one has suggested a Vegetapal.

GetOrf Wed 06-Feb-13 21:18:00

Richard reminds me of megglavache's thread the other day - mustard screams.

jennimoo Wed 06-Feb-13 21:17:05

I came up with a 'pesto' which is easy to do if you roast the 2 deseeded halves (skin on) in advance. I donut whenbibhave the oven on for something else and keep in the fridge.
I microwave to heat and blitz with:
Toasted pine nuts
Olive oil
Sometimes chilli of some sort

Stirred through pasta and sprinkled with fried pancetta I feels like a posh restaurant meal, according to my DH!

CelticPromise Wed 06-Feb-13 21:16:16

I've tried it roasted with skin on, it's fine.

bigTillyMint Wed 06-Feb-13 21:14:07

ROFL at Richard grin

I don't like it either, far too rich and sweet, but am going to look through all these ideas and see if any of them might disguise it sufficiently to make me want to eat it.

GetOrf Wed 06-Feb-13 21:05:18

lol at Richard.

Is that Richard Madeley?

Or Richard III

GetOrf Wed 06-Feb-13 21:04:32

Oh god no mintyy, throw the squash away, they are loathsome.

Firstly I hate the name (it sounds like it was dreamt up by the vegetable marketing board in the 80s) and secondly I cannot stand the taste of any squashes, especially butternuts and pumpkins.

PLUS have you ever looked inside a pumpkin? Fucking scary.

Megglevache Wed 06-Feb-13 21:03:16

peel (ouch) roast with a tiny bit of oil, coconut milk, chiili flakes and onions, salt and pepper.

Ridonkulously good. Like the easier curry ever.

bigbadbarry Wed 06-Feb-13 21:01:46

Ps roast with skin on is lush, roast with skin off, meh.

bigbadbarry Wed 06-Feb-13 21:01:25

Lol @ Richard smile Is that Richard Rice?

TheInnerSea Wed 06-Feb-13 21:00:29

For those who find peeling a faff, HFW
roasting with skin on and eating the lot. Apparently skin goes chewy and delicious _ never been brave enough to try it though!

Liskey Wed 06-Feb-13 20:59:30

Jamie oliver also has a recipe for butternut squash muffins - very similar to carrot cake - and they seems to disappear quickly!

MumOfTheMoos Wed 06-Feb-13 20:56:58

I second the risotto - fry in a mixture of oil and butter with some parsley, then add in Richard, a glass of white wine or vermouth and stock. At then and add shed loads Parmesan and a pile of butter right at the end!

FlouncingMintyy Wed 06-Feb-13 20:51:59

Goodness, I don't think I've ever had such a fruitful thread before. Thanks for all the replies. Will try and look at my squash in a different light!

bigbadbarry Wed 06-Feb-13 20:29:33

this is extraordinarily delicious and not at all faffy.

Chewbecca Wed 06-Feb-13 20:27:06

I use the same risotto recipe as newyearoldmum but I leave out the fried sage leaves. I love it but DH doesn't, he misses the meat.

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